Monday, August 23, 2010

~:A Cottage is:~

Heavy doors that crreeeaakk and squeak...
An open door to neighbors and friends
An entrance to a refuge
Antique piano keys...
Played with expression and feeling
A warm comfort to listen to and enjoy
Accompanied by singing
A childs project
My brother writing "Moms Aprons" on driftwood....

Well worn floors over 70 years old
Footsteps that have tiptoed down the hallway

Hardwood standing strong under the weight of many bookshelves...

Everyday bearing the scratches and wear of "living", especially Homeschooling


Old window panes...
Enclosing the distant sounds of laughter and conversation

Protecting us from the outdoor elements


I wanted to share with you a little about our home, and it's many Imperfections--that in time, become endearing. To us, "Cottage" is a lifestyle, a way of thinking {in a sense}. We don't have the most up to date things, but take delight in what we do have.


^I'm beating egg whites for Old-fashioned pound cake^
My Mother and I often comment that we take pleasure in what many consider 'insignificant'. Doing simple home chores, learning skills, taking notice of the nature around you. Sifting through thrift shops to find that one treasure we've been seeking. Living simply, but having a FULL life :)

It has been a fulfilling journey so far to be a stay at home daughter. For us, this is new & refreshing, and there's so much freedom because its a path that we've chosen. Choosing to be content, and to celebrate the small, everyday things in life. Honestly, the time I spend out here in the country, really, has been too much fun :)

...The simplicity of Flowers
The joy of discovering a new bloom--brought inside to brighten the meal table

Or left outside to continue to attact the butterflies...


"But the true idea of a home is that it is a place for growth. It is a place for the parents themselves to grow--to grow into beauty of character, to grow in refinement, in knowledge, in strength, in wisdom, in patience, gentleness, kindliness, and all the Christian graces and virtues."

'Homemaking' by J.R Miller, 1882

^The youngest helping me prepare dinner^

We had dear friends spend the weekend with us, and we had so much fun! :)

Browsing through a vintage shop...

Sewing inspiration!


One of my finds was this vintage apron!

The white pockets in the front are nice--perfect for holding my camera :)

Oh, I'm carrying up old watermelon to the chickens :) They *enjoyed* it!

ps) The bucket is actually quite heavy w/ other compost, that's why I'm leaning!

As we walked through our neighborhood aka down a long country road, we came across this abandoned cabin.
I wonder what it looked like 100 years ago...
How many families grew up in this small home?...I'll never know.

Many of our neighbors grow acres upon acres of cotton, and as we walked, our Mothers stopped to observe...
Amazing, eh?

"...he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
2 Corinthians 5:17b
I love observing nature and finding surprises like this--then, applying it spiritually...
the beauty of a "new" creature :)

A cottage is...


Eric and Hannah Avery said...

So enjoyed this post! Your cottage looks so cozy and homey! Blessings.


Laura Eliza said...

Your lifestyle is so inspiring, I hope to someday have the opportunity to live as you and your family do. Taking delights in the creaking floors, the old windows and heavy doors, the way of contentment instead of materialism. It is a shift in thinking that I have been making over the past year and a half, and I pray to someday have a home such as yours to complete it. Thank you for sharing =)

Mrs. M said...

Just lovely!!!! You have a talent for photography and for writing.

~Mrs. M

Anonymous said...

An inspirational post! I love that vintage apron. I have been looking for one for quite a while but am glad to see they are still out there.
Thanks for sharing the beauty around you.


Stephanie Ann said...

Hey Mia, The photos are lovely! I love the butterflies.

Nabila Grace said...

Love your pictures! Simplicity is truly breath taking! :o)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing a bit about your home...and the pictures were lovely as always.

Always so nice to visit your blog.
Thank you for so many pretty posts and inspiration.

StrivingSimply said...

This is such a great post. I love how the colors of your apron echo the colors of the watermelon in the 6th to last picture.

Billie Jane said...

I sit here in my home - which is not a bit like yours - near Oxford in England and marvel at how lovely your countryside is, and how your family are making the most of all your blessings. I try to do something similar here but my husband has to go out into the rat race of business so that I can enjoy the simplicities of staying at home. You rarely mention your father in your posts, I assume he also has to go out to work...

I also love the vintage clothing - some people don't understand the effect that wearing vintage clothing can have... perhaps more people should try it! More posts like this one please - such a lovely contrast to our busy lives.

Melissa said...

Thank you for this lovely post, Mia! It is very nourishing to the eye and heart. May God bless your cottage home and dear family with His peace and joy today.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post. I truly enjoyed the photos and your well written words.

SinginginHisName said...

Yes again Mia a lovely post! I wish I could come and visit! Your home is so welcoming! Living here in the city near D.C. it gets awefully busy. But I am so thankful for our home being cozy and homelike even in the midst of so much chaos. I love the new apron you acquired, I made one a while back that is similar in construction. Love it!

In Christ,

one of us said...

I really like the pictures of the old house Mia. Our Family owns a very large pice of land in the country. and we have a really old house out in the woods like that. It's so old and neat looking! I know you'd like it Mia! =D The man who built it was from up north and moved down hear for his (or maybe it was his wife's) health. But any way he built it with a basement, because that was just how the did things up there. And so it got flooded often. but the insides of the house is so pretty! There's rose wall paper and columns, and it is so neat to see, but it's also kind of sad that we can't go in it any more.

But any way, I really like your blog Mia! :-)


M. E. Stephens said...

Thank you for posting the photos of your lovely cottage. I think I would enjoy visiting you! :-)

I took the liberty of using that beautiful quote by J.R. Miller on my own web page - The Home Maker's Corner. Such a lovely thought! Thank you for sharing it.

Because Jesus loves you,
Mary Stephens

Carolyne said...

Lovely butterflies! You've captured them perfectly.

I like your pictures of the cotton. I'm reminded of one of my favourite movies; "Places In The Heart". Starring Sally Field, Danny Glover and John Malkovich in a very moving account of one woman's cotton harvest, fraught with difficulties, but successful in the end because of everyone coming together to work toward one goal.

Your home is so lovely. I am glad you are a faithful daughter to your family.

Jodi said...

What a lovely post!

Mrs.Rabe said...


We live in a 'cottage' as well. It is filled with time worn things...we love making things from scratch and growing things in the garden as well.

I think you and my girls would be great friends.

AJ said...

Beautiful Butterfly Pictures! :) Y'all have a wonderful attitude.

Kate said...

Thank you for sharing more about your cottage. I wish I was in the vintage shop with you. I would have loved to peruse the vintage patterns! I would have walked out with an armload I'm sure!

Suzanne said...

I love your description of "a cottage". We love our Blueberry Cottage! You may want to stop by and participate in Tasha Tudor day:-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post Mia! Hope to see ya'll soon. tammyp

NKarmstrong23 said...

How beautiful, I've always found beauty in small things, this is a beautiful blog :)

Emily of A Beautiful Life said...

Absolutely beautiful photos! Your cottage is just lovely! We are hoping to homestead and create our own "cottage" soon and surround ourselves with simplicity. You are a brilliant example of this for us! Thank you for your blog! :)

Diane Shepard Johnson and Sarah E. Johnson said...

Dear Mia,

We always enjoy your lovely photographs and old cottages and butterflies are amongst our favorite things! I love spinning cotton on my charkha.

I thought you and your readers would like to know that Tasha Tudor and Family are having a giveaway in honor of Tasha Tudor's Birthday Celebration. The grand prize is an ice cream freezer and "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook"! There are other prizes, too.

On our blog we gave a link to the giveaway at Tasha Tudor and Family. Here's the link to our blog:

As you can see on our blog, we like making old fashioned ice cream and Tasha's receipt is so delicious!

Your friends,
Diane and daughter Sarah

Blodgett said...

Okay- now I am thinking I just want to come live with you for a while! What a sense of peace, joy and comfort your pictures evoke! I am sitting here at my computer, with piles of "stuff" around me as I try to prepare for the new school year. I am feeling stress, hurry and frustration at the mess.
It was a really nice mini-vacation to sit and look at your beautiful photos. At least I can "visit" from time to time! :-)
Now, back to work....

Olivia said...

Thank you for this, Mia! All your pictures are so beautiful. I love the glimpse into your home and life. . . your new apron, the old cabin, the beauty in God's gift of creation. The cotton reminds me of the cottonwood trees we have up north, and you have some beautiful butterflies. I love it when they have just emerged into their new life. . .

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Mia...

Your post was wonderful as always. You know what I love simple vintage things too :) :) Modern conveniences are good...but there's something about vintage items that I love. Oh, I could talk forever about this...but my grnadmother was the one who relly passed that love down to me..She had a vintage hand-held mixer too...and when I saw your photo making the old-fashioned cake ...It reminded me of her :) :) :) I bought a vintage toaster awhile back at a yard sale...It sits on top of the stove and you put the bread on it to toast it...but I can't quite remember the exact process. Anyway...your home sounds like a lovely place full of hospitality :) :) Oh, remember the post awhile back that you shared with the photo of your bedroom? I really admired all the lace edings..I"m knitting a Victorian lace eding...a few actually for my bookcase ;) :) :) They're real Victorian patterns from the notebook of a Blanche Beau..Her patterns were reprinted in a book published by Interweave Knits. I think it was called "A book of Victorian Knitted Lace"?

Anyway...lovely photos...I'm so inspired and uplifted everytime I visit here :) :) I love your family's commitment to follow after God, too :) :) Have a loveloy week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

p.s. That vintage shop looked absolutely divine. I'd have a hard time leaving a place like that with all the lovely items!!!!

peggy said...

hi mia,

i just discovered your blog recently and had to tell you how much i looooove it! it is so inspiring and beautiful! i love your home, it's coziness and imperfections. i can tell that it is lived in and loved. i love your your commitment and devotion to your family and god. what a wonderful blessing you and your blog are to everyone! thank you sooo much. i look forward to reading more...


C. C. said...

Hi Mia!

I just love the way you post and your photography! I suppose if I would take lovely pictures like you do, this 100-year-old rental house would look much more charming to me!

You are wise beyond your years. You live so unapologetically! At 40 and after being home full time for 12 years, I still sometimes feel guilty and that I have to justify myself. Praise God that you are living simply for Him and serving your family in such a blessed way. Very inspiring!

C. C.

Anonymous said...

Lovely and inspiring post. Your photography is wonderful.

elizabeyta said...

This is such a lovely post!

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing!

Madeline said...

Darling pictures!

shirley said...

Nothing says 'home' more than an old floor that creaks without even walking on them and windows who have been lifted up and down so many times that one wonders how they stood the hands of time. You are lucky to still have this beauty in your life. I'm sorry I lost mine.

The Momma Chronicles said...

Just found your blog, I can't wait for a spare hour to poke around fully. :-)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

When I come and spend time with you I feel like all the business of the day and the clamor of life falls off of me. I just love my visits!
Beautiful post!

Miss Grace said...

Lovely pictures! I greatly enjoyed visiting your blog...come visit Grace Place sometime.

~Miss Grace~

Pioneer Beauty said...

Dear Mia,

I always delight in reading your's always so relaxing..may the Lord continue to bless you and your family...

Anonymous said...

Miss Mia,

This is my fist time visiting your blog, and I discovered it via another blog. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your current post about "The Cottage," as well viewing all the beautiful photography. You truly do have a God-given talent for photography and writing.

It does my heart good to see a young maiden who is happily content to live in her parent's home - enjoying the everyday-ness of life. I wish that I had learned what you know now when I was a young woman.

At any rate, it was fun to visit your blog. I really enjoyed the photographs that are on your sidebar as well. I love viewing photographs/paintings of portraits. I will be sure to visit your blog again in the future.

Take care, and blessings to you dear maiden. :)

-Lady Rose

Mia said...

Thank you all for your encouraging comments!! I'm so delighted you enjoyed this post :)

In Christ,

Anonymous said...

The music and the photos are a quiet blessing to my soul tonight. What a beautiful, thankful spirit you have! The thankfulness and love in your heart seem to spill over onto the pages of this blog. Keep blogging!!